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Molten Lava Chocolate Cake

December 28, 2015
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Perhaps you’ve enjoyed this cake at a restaurant?? Well, no need to order out anymore! This is by far the easiest, most delicious recipe I’ve come across for ooey-gooey-fudgy lava cake. The best part is you can assemble most ingredients ahead of time, then bake an hour before serving. Top with vanilla bean ice cream for a decadent dessert! Thanks to my friend Jessica for this recipe :)

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 cup all-purpose flour
7 Tablespoons Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 1/4 cup hot water

Directions:

  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray 9 x 9-inch baking pan with Pam cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup granulated sugar, flour, 3 Tablespoons cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat in milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. (Batter will be thick.)
  • Scrape batter into prepared baking pan. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and remaining 4 Tablespoons cocoa.
  • Sprinkle dry ingredients evenly over cake batter in pan.
  • IF MAKING AHEAD STOP HERE. Finish assembling and bake 1 hour before serving.
  • Pour hot water over top of dry ingredients in cake pan. DO NOT STIR.
  • Once again, DO NOT STIR.
  • Bake 40 minutes, or until center is almost set.
  • Remove cake from oven and let set 15 minutes.
  • Spoon cake into dessert dishes. Be sure to spoon chocolate sauce from bottom of pan over cake.
  • Top with ice cream, if desired.
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